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Definition of the noun privation

What does privation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: privations

  1. a state of extreme poverty
  2. act of depriving someone of food or money or rights

Alternative definition of the noun privation


  1. [philosophy] The state of being deprived of or lacking an attribute formerly or properly possessed; the loss or absence of such an attribute.
  2. The state of being very poor, and lacking the basic necessities of life.
  3. The act of depriving someone of such basic necessities; deprivation.

Definition of the noun privation for high school students

    lacking basic necessities
    • example: After decades of rule by an oppressive government that saw nothing wrong with stealing from its citizens, the recent drought only increased the people's privation.

The noun privation is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Privation is the absence or lack of basic necessities. The term can be used in a psychological context, often referring to a lack of relationships, or a philosophical context, where vital qualities are absent.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Privation

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Google previewAquinas, The Zika Virus and the argument for Catholic Abortion

by Timb Hoswell

For Aquinas privation is the source of evil in the world because it is the source of suffering. Privation...

Google previewNature, the Soul, and God (2004)

An Introduction to Natural Philosophy by Jean W. Rioux

But privation is a principle in coming to be and not in being: for while the statue is coming to be it is necessary that there be no statue (yet). For if it already were, it could not come to be, since whatever comes to be does not (yet) exist (except in ...

Google previewThe Antecedents of Being (2016)

An Analysis of the Concept de Nihilo in the Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Study in Thomistic Metaphysics by Mary Consilia O'Brien

Privation is a negation, not any negation but the negation of a form proper to a thing, and so is non-being by nature.28...

Privation is an ens rationis only;30 prime matter has some reality, and is ...

Google previewNegative Revolution (2013)

Modern Political Subject and its Fate After the Cold War by Artemy Magun

will go further and will say that here privation is a special negative form of...

Google previewHenry of Ghent's Summa (2006)

The Questions on God's Unity and Simplicity (articles 25-30) by Henry (of Ghent), Roland J. Teske

But a privation is the removal of some being from a determinate nature.

Google previewThe Texture of Being (2007)

Essays in First Philosophy by Kenneth L. Schmitz

The privation is a subordinate principle because the alteration is directed towards the possession of the new form and the new being. No institution of real consequences arises from it, whereas they do from form and the other causes.

Google previewProceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (1998)

Volume Xiv, 1998 by John J. Cleary, Gary M. Gurtler

other not per se: for the formula too is of the one per se and of the other somehow per accidens, for it displays the contrary by negation and taking-away: for the primary privation is the contrary, and it is the taking-away of the other [ contrary].

Google previewWorks (1806)

by Aristotle

• Form, says Simplic'ras, is divine, good, and desirable , and this, matter naturany desires ; but privation is the contrary, and is not desired. And if Aristotle caHs the first separate form, divine, good, and desirable, which ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Canon Law

by Reverend P. Trudel S.S., Aeterna Press

An ecclesiastical penalty is the privation of some good for the correction and punishment of the delinquent (2215). There are three kinds of penalties in the Church: corrective punishments or censures; punitive penalties; and penal remedies or ...

Google previewLexicon physico-medicum: or, A new medicinal dictionary ... The sixth edition, with new improvements from the latest chymical and mechanical authors (1743)

by John QUINCY

Palff, is a Privation of Motion, or Sense of Feeling, or both, proceeding from fome Cause below the Cerebellum, joined with a Coldness, Softness, Flaccidity, and at last, wasting of the Parts. Hence it appears, that the Brain, or Cerebellum, is not ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* PRIVATION, n.s. [ privation, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* PRIVATION, nf. [ privation ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

PRIVATION, n f. [ privation ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine (2013)

by W. F. Bynum, Roy Porter

So long as life and death were related to each other as 'possession' and ' privation', life was thought of not as a unitary concept but as a collection of faculties or properties, and death had to remain a theoretical nullity. In Aristotle's view, for ...

Google previewLexicon Physico-medicum (1794)

Or, A New Medicinal Dictionary. Explaining the Difficult Terms Used in the Several Branches of the Profession ... by John Quincy

Palsy, is a privation of motion, or sense of feeling, or both, proceeding from some cause below the cerebellum, joined with a coldness, softness, flaccidity, and, at laii, wasting of the parts. Hence it appears, that the brain, or cerebellum, is not ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Economic Products of India: Cabbage to Cyperus (1889)

by Sir George Watt

Privation. 215 Eating poisonous plants. Privation from Water. 2l6 Death from Repletion. 217 The Hump. LOAD, &C. grass. The period of the year when rutting commences seems to have been so modified under domestication that ...

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You will lack nothing if you think privation is always with you.
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Scrabble value of P3R1I1V4A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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